The New York Lottery celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday with a sale of the first ticket sold in 1967. New York was only the second state to begin operating a lottery after New Hampshire.
State officials say more than $83 billion has been given out to players and more than $61 billion has been raised to benefit education since the first $1 ticket was sold.
The New York lottery is now the nation’s largest and most profitable program of its kind. It currently offers dozens of instant scratch-off games as well as nine number draw games. Some 17,000 retailers around the state offer the games.